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Edition 39 | August 2021
This is a monthly newsletter from CDPHE regarding the Office of Suicide Prevention.
OFFICE OF SUICIDE PREVENTION

Welcome to the August 2021 Office of Suicide Prevention newsletter!

Rockstar Partner Spotlight!

Jennifer Daniels

Jennifer Daniels is the St. Mary's Suicide Prevention and Colorado-National Collaborative (CNC) Coordinator in Grand Junction, CO. Her undergraduate education is in Human Biology and she's currently pursuing her graduate degree in Social Work. Jennifer has volunteered with the Grand Junction Police Department as a Victim Advocate since 2012 with a special heart for suicide loss response. She is a master trainer in ASIST, a certified trainer in Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid and QPR, program coordinator for NAMI Ending the Silence, and currently serves as the Mesa County Suicide Prevention Coalition leader. Jennifer dreams of a future in which faith communities are an activate part of suicide prevention and mental health education, support, and response. She takes her training and education into her work in youth groups and summer camps. She feels that doing so helps to normalize mental health and demystify suicide for youth and faith leaders alike.

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO, JENNIFER!


Do you have a Rockstar Partner in your community that you would like to see featured in our next newsletter? Nominate them here by completing our Rockstar Partner Nomination Form.

Office of Suicide Prevention Updates

Zero Suicide Colorado Learning Collaborative

Every month we hold an interactive online Learning Collaborative for health system leaders working in suicide prevention. Experts in health care-based suicide prevention, advocates who speak on their lived experience, and a diverse array of other guest speakers join health system leaders from across Colorado in discussing state of the art approaches to improving care and saving lives. The next collaborative will take place virtually on Thursday, August 26, from 10 -11 am. To be contacted for the next collaborative, please email Conlin.Bass@state.co.us 
 

Older Adults Workgroup

The Office of Suicide Prevention has recently created an older adults workgroup, focusing on suicide prevention for adults, ages 65+. Our next meeting will take place on Friday, August 27th, 9:00-10:30 am. For more information, please reach out to Dymond.Ruybal@state.co.us


Trainings

LivingWorks Start Training

The OSP is pleased to provide our partners across Colorado FREE access to the LivingWorks Start suicide prevention gatekeeper training. LivingWorks Start is a one-hour, online, interactive training program that gives you the skills and knowledge to keep family, friends, co-workers, and others safe from suicide. For more information, click here.

We still have PLENTY of licenses available. To access the training, click here and enter access code: OSP Gen

Please note that licenses are available for use on a first come, first served basis. Please do not share the URL and access code outside of Colorado. *LivingWorks Start works best with Google Chrome, Firefox, or Microsoft Edge browsers. It is not Internet Explorer compatible. If you have any questions or issues accessing the training, please contact Dymond Ruybal at Dymond.Ruybal@state.co.us.

 

Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS)

We will be scheduling additional CAMS trainings in later 2021. If you are a behavioral health provider interested in participating, sign up to receive more information here

CAMS trained providers now have the option of registering on the CAMS Clinician Locator, which will route new clients to your practice, particularly those looking for competent clinicians, trained in evidence-based suicide-specific treatments. 

RESOURCES - Hot off the Press!

General

The Second Wind Fund Youth Suicide Prevention is hiring for a Program Director position. Please see this flyer for more position and application details. 

Suicide Prevention Month is happening in September 2021! Please see this flyer containing Ideas For Action, by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center

PBS has released Decolonizing Mental Health, a digital series that aims to dismantle racism in mental health care and redress the ways psychiatric illness and health have historically been defined. The series features the transformative work of therapists and individuals of color, including SPRC Program Manager Shelby Rowe.

The Gender Paradox of Suicide: How Suicide Differs Between Men, Women, and Transgender/Gender Diverse Individuals. From Raymond P. Tucker Ph.D. and CAMS

6 Risk Factors for Transgender Suicide. From Alix Aboussouan, Raymond P. Tucker Ph.D and CAMS

Supporting Minority Mental Health in the Workplace

Strategies to Stay Alive: Adaptive Toolboxes for Living Well with Suicidal Behavior


Older Adults

Dying by Suicide in Nursing Homes: A Preventable End of Life Outcome for Older Residents

engAGED Virtual Aging Network Social Engagement Summit (RECORDING): This event brought together national, state and local Aging Network leaders for an interactive discussion and dialogue on social engagement and social isolation. The Virtual Summit featured creative solutions for addressing social isolation to spur ideas for replication at the local level and spotlighted national resources and initiatives to support social engagement efforts.

Falls Prevention Awareness Week is Sept. 20-24, 2021! Use this free toolkit from the National Council on Aging to promote your falls prevention efforts on social media, in the press, and with policy makers.

"Fire and Falls Prevention" webinar series begins September 1, 2021 from 11 am-12pm MT. Speakers will share lessons learned from their experience partnering with EMS and fire departments to prevent falls.


Youth & Young Adults

Young Aspiring Americans for Social and Political Activism (YAASPA): YAASPA is a Socio political youth development organization that co-creates experiences with minoritized youth in deconstructing the world from mental health and racial battle fatigue, to the reevaluation of school policies while bringing attention to the social science possibilities students can embark on post high school.


Veterans

Suicide Prevention Collaborative Wins National Award for Building Suicide Prevention Programs to Assist Veterans and Their Families. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded the VA Patient Safety Center for Inquiry Suicide Prevention Collaborative (PSCI-SPC) and their community partners, including the University of Colorado College of Nursing, for implementing programs to reduce suicide among thousands of Colorado military veterans, their families and survivors.


Lethal Means Safety

Recruiting participants: Firearm owners (or family members) in Colorado or Washington state are invited to participate in confidential interviews as part of a research study about voluntary, temporary out-of-home firearm storage (with a $50 electronic gift card after participation). For questions or to participate, contact megan.k.mccarthy@cuanschutz.edu

Please see this flyer from Jefferson Center highlighting Lethal Means Safety resources for Suicide Prevention Month in September!

Colorado jails embrace drug program to combat addictions, fatal overdoses

Research: A cross sectional study of non-medical use of prescription opioids and suicidal behaviors among adolescents
 

Cross-Pollinated Resources

The Federal Government is conducting an all-out push to make sure tenants and landlords take advantage of the historic funding for emergency rental assistance to help cover rent, utilities, and other housing costs and keep people in their homes. They are putting out a call to action to government agencies, companies, advocates, nonprofits, the faith community, and more to make sure that renters and landlords are able to take advantage of the relief available to them. Please see this PDF for additional information. 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS!

Best Practices and Resources to Support Older Adult Learning Through Technology. Webinar on August 27, 2021 from 12:00-1:00 pm MT

World Poisoning Awareness Day. August 31, 2021. 8:00 am – 2:00 pm MT
 

The Clinician's Suicide Prevention Summit. Treatment Strategies to Inspire Hope & Save Lives. Free, live training event on September 9-10, 2021
 

Advancing Black LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health: Contemporary Approaches to Understanding & Uprooting Intersectional Stigma to Promote Wellness. September 14, 2021. 12:30-2:00 pm MT
 

Addressing the Role Stigma Plays in Death by Suicide. Webinar. September 15, 2021 12:00 PM
 

Suicide Prevention Month - Insights and Strategies for Reducing Suicide among Older Adults. Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM MT
 

Building Capacity of School Personnel to Promote Positive Mental Health in Native American Children and Youth. September 15, 2021. 3:00 pm MT
 

Walk Together to End Childhood Abuse and Neglect. The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Sunday, September 19, 2021
 

Falls Prevention Week. Take a Stand to Prevent Falls. Boulder County Partners for Fall Prevention. September 20 – 24, 2021.
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